Tynedale's shortage of forward bodies was brought to bear as Wharfedale scrummaged their way to a 40-27 victory in Corbridge.
The Yorkshire side kicked six second-half penalties as a makeshift Tyne pack battled gamely without as many as 10 of their regulars available, the hosts leading as early as the first minute when captain Jack Harrison pilfered an interception try.
Despite their forwards being on the back foot Tynedale had a two-try lead when winger Dan Rundle sped into the right corner, a turnover on the 22 seeing the ball quickly worked through the hands for the former Westoe man to dot down.
Gavin Beasley converted well from the right touchline, but Wharfedale got themselves back into the game when Adam Whaites scored straight from the restart. Hooker Ian Larkin’s try from a rolling maul put the visitors in front for the first time, but it was Tynedale who led 24-22 at the break as Gavin Beasley stepped two defenders to walk between the posts.
A Kristian Borthwick penalty was all they could add during the second half as Wharfedale went back to basics, their rampaging scrum earning the penalties they needed to put the result beyond all doubt.
Blaydon’s search for a first win of the National One season continues, losing 41-15 at unbeaten Rosslyn Park.
A low-scoring first half had Micky Ward’s men 9-5 down at the break, Rob Bell their try-scorer before a manic second half in which they shipped four tries - Tom Bramwell dotting down a consolation on the hour mark.
Darlington Mowden Park’s resurgence in National Two North continued with a 34-17 win at Harrogate, full-back Henry Robinson scoring two of their five tries as Shaun McCartney, Callum McKenzie and Gavin Painter added the rest.
Percy Park were 32-22 winners at Billingham in National Three North as full-back Toby Davison contributed 17 points, while Westoe were 36-29 winners at home to Sandal.